Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 23rd 2015 Contents The White House is in the "final stages"
of drafting a plan to close the controversial
US military prison Guantanamo Bay, a
spokesman has said.
Josh Earnest said the closure of the
Cuban detention camp was a national se-
It was one of the first directives Presi-
dent Barack Obama ordered two months
after he was elected in 2008.
Inmates have slowly been transferred
out and at the start of the year, 122 men
The peak population in 2003 was 684.
Earnest said the administration was "in
the final stages of drafting a plan to safely
and responsibly (close) the prison at Guan-
tanamo Bay and to present that to Con-
He added: "That has been something
that our national security officials have
been working on for quite some time, pri-
marily because it is a priority of the presi-
In 2009, President Obama admitted the
January 2010 deadline he had set for clos-
ing the counter-terrorism facility would be
Since then, Congress bipartisan opposi-
tion has meant the transfer of prisoners to
the US has been blocked.
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People prepare graves for the victims who were killed in Monday's bomb attack, at a cemetery in Suruc, Turkey, Tuesday. REUTERS PHOTO
Guantanamo Bay: Closure plan in 'final stages'
Police in India say they have held 16 people
in connection with the killing of a woman
accused of practising witchcraft.
Purni Orang, 63, was stripped naked and
beheaded by villagers in Assam state, after she
was blamed for illness in a tribal settlement
in Sonitpur district.
Among those arrested were nine women.
Police in Assam say nearly 90 people, mostly
women, have been beheaded, burnt alive or
stabbed to death after such accusations over
the last six years.
Branding women as witches is particularly
prevalent among tribal communities and tea
plantation workers in the state.
The police said the villagers in Sonitpur dis-
trict had killed another woman after branding
her a witch some seven years ago.
A group of villagers have protested at the
local police station, demanding the release of
"Purni was a witch and had cast evil spells
on her enemies, there is no place for such sor-
cerers and so her killing is justified," Kiran
Teronpi, a villager, was quoted as saying by
the AFP news agency.
In October, an Indian athlete Debjani Bora
was severely beaten after being branded a witch
Experts say superstitious beliefs are behind
some of these attacks, but there are occasions
when people---especially widows---are targeted
for their land and property. (BBC)
A New Zealand schoolboy s video com-
plaining about poor pronunciation of Maori
words proved a hit online.
Finnian Galbraith, 15, says in his Youtube
video that many people in New Zealand have
stopped making the effort to say Maori words
and names properly, which is disrespectful and
means the "beautiful" Maori culture could
eventually be lost.
The video---made in a filmmaking class at
his school in Paraparaumu---has had more than
55,000 views on Youtube, in two days and
more than 26,000 times on a Facebook page.
In his video, Finnian says that every day on
TV and on the radio "so many of us are pro-
nouncing Maori names and words completely
wrong," because of a lack of effort.
Culture is "priceless and something that
should be embraced, and something we as a
country should be proud of," he says. (BBC)
A 20-year-old Turkish student has been
identified as the suicide bomber who killed
32 youth activists in the town of Suruc on
Monday, officials say.
The attacker, named by local media as
Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, was an ethnic
Kurd from Turkey s south-eastern province
of Adiyaman and reportedly had links to
Islamic State (IS) militants.
Meanwhile, Kurdish militants say they
killed two Turkish police officers.
The PKK said it was in revenge for the
deaths in Suruc, a mainly Kurdish town.
Turkish officials have blamed the Suruc
attack on IS. But many in Turkey feel the
government has not done enough to support
the Kurds in their fight to combat the threat
of IS militants across the border in Syria---
something denied by Ankara.
There have been rallies in cities across
the country, with people condemning the
attack and protesting at the government s
policies on Syria.
Access to Twitter was briefly blocked
yesterday after a court banned the publi-
cation of images from the massacre in Suruc.
The claim by the PKK s military wing
that it carried out the killing of two Turkish
policemen in Celanpinar is an ominous
development, coming as it does two years
into a supposed truce between the Kurdish
militants and the Turkish security forces.
Hopes for a resolution of Turkey s long-
running dispute with its own Kurds have
slowly dimmed since the imprisoned PKK
leader Abdullah Ocalan called on Kurdish
fighters to pull out of Turkey into bases in
The suicide bomb attack on a group of
youth activists in Suruç on Monday, killing
32, has clearly aggravated tensions, leading
to angry demonstrations and clashes
between pro-Kurdish protestors and riot
Turkish authorities said DNA tests had
confirmed that the Suruc bomber was a
20-year-old man of Kurdish origin born in
Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz s mother told
the newspaper Radikal (in Turkish) that her
son was a former student at Adiyaman uni-
versity who had gone "abroad" six months
ago with his brother.
A senior Turkish official told Reuters that
he believed the bomber, who he did not
name, had travelled to Syria last year with
the help of a group linked to IS militants.
Funerals are continuing to be held for the
victims of Monday s massacre in Suruc.
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